Edgy music venue Fibbers has quit Stonebow House to merge with Tokyo, Vision can reveal.
The move comes after the owners of Fibbers, Tokyo Industries, disagreed with landlords over a proposed “massive” price hike.
Although its present lease has another 22 months to run, the decision was taken to move straight away.
The plans follow news that Tokyo was recently scrapped as the official Thursday YUSU club night.
Tokyo Industries MD Aaron Mellor said: “We will be sad to leave Stonebow House, but with the lease expiry followed by the possibility of the whole building being razed to the ground, this move guarantees the future of Fibbers and live music in York.
“And it’s a much better space, as last week’s gigs have shown.”
City of York Council also took over the freehold of the building and land earlier this year, and said demolition has not been ruled out.
Tim Hornsby, responsible for booking artists for the venue, opened Fibbers in 1992.
“I’ve been amazed at the reaction to the new premises – it’s been so positive,” he said. “We had three big shows last week in the new venue and everyone I spoke to said, ‘This is awesome’.
“It’s just like the old Fibbers – it has that feel.”
“The sound is much better as well,” Tim said. “For bands the backstage areas and green rooms are exceptional.”
Fibbers will continue to operate its programme of shows from the new venue until it closes down for a refit in August.
A new stage is set to be constructed as part of the work.
Fibbers have also confirmed that the new size will enable them to book a greater variety of acts.
“We’ll be able to get bands in who aren’t quite big enough for the Barbican but too big for the old Fibbers. So it actually pushes it up a level.
He added: “There’ll be the same sort of price structure.”
Tokyo Industries runs 22 music venues in the Midlands and North of England, and owns the Toft Green premises.
The news follows plans to open a lap dancing club above the venue